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Helsinki – Trump and Putin – a Showdown for Summer Doldrums or a Genuine Attempt Towards Peace?

July 20, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The Helsinki Summit – or the Treason Summit, as some call it – of the 16th of July, has come and gone. It left a smell of burning hot air behind. President Trump, opened the meeting by saying that up to now relations between the United States and Russia were bad, and confessing …

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IRAN : Why we really do need globalisation more than ever before

May 26, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Graham Vanbergen Globalisation has rapidly become the new buzzword driving isolationism and protectionism that has led to European citizens losing out to offshored jobs, reduced personal income, wealth and future prospects. And yet, the same ideology with

The Koreas Unified and at Peace? – How about Syria, Iran and Venezuela?

May 9, 2018 • World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Peter Koenig Peace – in the Koreas, is what the world expects; and Peace in the world is what humanity expects, the vast majority – 99.9% of the world population wants peace, but it’s the 0.1% that commands war and destruction, since war and

Betting Big on CPEC

April 3, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, ChinaComments (0)

By Xiangming Chen, S.K. Joseph and Hamna Tariq With the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one fundamental question to ask is if this ambitious project will transform Pakistan and boost China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Way to the New Cold War

January 8, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Despite continued nuclear threats, all US postwar presidents have failed to reset relations with Russia. Why?   The “New Cold War” between the US and Russia began a decade ago. The elevated tensions in the Korean Peninsula are only a

How To (and Not To) Navigate between US and China 

December 18, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock The first 18 months of the Duterte government suggest that the effort to recalibrate the Philippines’ ties between the US and China is necessary, viable and vital.        In the first half of the 2010s, Manila and Beijing were

Trump’s Asia Tour: From Old Conflicts to New Prospects

November 16, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, SPECIAL FEATURES, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                       Trump’s gruelling 12-day Asia tour was a quest for mega deals. US policies in Asia are shifting. The stress on competitive strategic visions is being redefined by historic bilateral

Oscillating Nationalism in an Era of Trump and Putin

September 25, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International RelationsComments (0)

By Glen Duerr At odds with each other for half a century, American and Russian nationalist animosity thawed with the end of the Cold War. Oscillating between baited friendship and menacing animosity, successive US presidents have tried different tactics with

US-China History and Where We Are Today

September 18, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Americas, ChinaComments (0)

By Ann Lee The direction of US-China relations under the Trump Administration has been a popular topic of speculation. While forecasts are by definition a risky business, Ann Lee attempts to read the tea leaves by examining the historical relationship between

G20 – Is the West Governed by Psychopaths?

July 11, 2017 • World Politics, International RelationsComments (0)

By Peter Koenig In this article, the author elaborates on the contentious first agenda of the recently held G20 summit at Hamburg, Germany. In a world where the Masters fom the West have created, funded, and armed these “terrorist” groups, how could they